Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Glance into The Past - Michael Jackson

I just watched these old music videos from the legendary Michael Jackson. These songs are really powerful, and they are nowadays more relevant than ever... "Earth Song" could be considered even more important than John Lennon's "Imagine" I suppose... He even mentions the Israel/Palestine conflict in it, that was a surprise to me.

It's also interesting to know that the guy who wrote these songs lives now an isolated life, who knows where or how... and will he ever turn into one of those old guys with inferior physical capabilities? I doubt it.

UPDATE: See! This was what I meant; he died at 50... It was just not possible for someone so excluded from reality to live a long healthy life... He certainly was something interesting though.

1995: Earth Song

What about sunrise?
What about rain?
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain..?
What about killing fields?
Is there a time?
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine...?
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood weve shed before?
Did you ever stop this notice
This crying earth this we make sure?

Aaaaaaaaaah aaaaaaaaaah

What have we done to the world?
Look what weve done...
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son..?
What about flowering fields?
Is there a time?
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine..?
Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war?
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying earth this we make sure?

Aaaaaaaaaaah aaaaaaaaaaah

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I dont know where we are
Although I know weve drifted far

Aaaaaaaaaaah aaaaaaaaaaaah
Aaaaaaaaaaah aaaaaaaaaaaah

Hey, what about yesterday?
(what about us)
What about the seas?
(what about us)
The heavens are falling down!
(what about us)
I cant even breathe!
(what about us)
What about everything
(what about us)
I have given you?
(what about us)
What about natures worth?
Its our planets womb
(what about us)
What about animals?
(what about us)
Weve turned kingdoms to dust!
(what about us)
What about elephants?
(what about us)
Have we lost their trust?
(what about us)
What about crying whales?
(what about us)
Were ravaging the seas!
(what about us)
What about forest trails
(ooo, ooo)
Burnt despite our pleas?
(what about us)
What about the holy land
(what about us)
Torn apart by creed?
(what about us)
What about the common man?
(what about us)
Cant we set him free?
(what about us)
What about children dying?
(what about us)
Cant you hear them cry?
(what about us)
Where do we go wrong?
(ooo, ooo)
Someone tell me why!?
(what about us)
What about baby boy?
(what about us)
What about the days?
(what about us)
What about all their joy?
(what about us)
What about the men?
(what about us)
What about the crying man?
(what about us)
What about abraham?
(what about us)
What about death again?
(ooo, ooo)
Do we give a damn!!??

Aaaaaaaaaaaaah aaaaaaaaaaaaah...

1988: Man In The Mirror

Im gonna make a change,
For once in my life
Its gonna feel real good,
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right . . .

As i, turn up the collar on my
Favourite winter coat
This wind is blowin my mind
I see the kids in the street,
With not enough to eat
Who am i, to be blind?
Pretending not to see
Their needs
A summers disregard,
A broken bottle top
And a one mans soul
They follow each other on
The wind ya know
cause they got nowhere to go
Thats why I want you to know

Im starting with the man in the mirror
Im asking him to change his ways
And no message could have
Been any clearer
If you wanna make the world
A better place
Take a look at yourself, and
Then make a change

Ive been a victim of a selfish
Kind of love
Its time that I realize
That there are some with no
Home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me,
Pretending that theyre not alone?

A willow deeply scarred,
Somebodys broken heart
And a washed-out dream
They follow the pattern of
The wind, ya see
Cause they got no place to be
Thats why Im starting with me

Oh no, no no . . .
Im gonna make a change
Its gonna feel real good!
Come on!
Just lift yourself
You know
Youve got to stop it.
Ive got to make that change,
You got to not let yourself . . .
Brother . . .
You know-Ive got to get
That man, that man . . .

Youve got to
Youve got to move! come
On! come on!
You got to . . .
Stand up! stand up!
Stand up!
Stand up and lift
Yourself, now!
Hoo! hoo! hoo!
Gonna make that change . . .
Come on!
You know it!
You know it!
You know it!
You know . . .

Make that change!

P.S. To not to cause any confusion; I'm not an emotional guy in the classical sense. So I don't go running out of the house to help homeless children with tears all over my face when I listen to these songs, I just think they are successful and responsible pieces of art. They help me realize that we're not there yet and motivate me to plan my future accordingly, in a rational way, if I listen to these songs that is... which I haven't done since posting them here...

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